Tune in for free on September 25th, 2016 at 20.00 BST. The poets will be reading their work and answering your questions live.
Tony Chan is a former football coach and schoolmaster who spent many years teaching English and Latin at the independent school Stowe. In his late twenties, he entered – as he playfully terms it – the ‘adventuring phase’ of his life: trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro and joining passels of pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. These explorations were the foundation stones for his 78-day, 1,400-mile solo-trek across the four extreme points of mainland Britain, during which he wrote a sonnet at the end of each day. Those sonnets are collected in his debut poetry collection Four Points Fourteen Lines. Born in Hong Kong, raised in Australia and now settled in Britain, much of his work deals with the confluence of national identities. He is presently writing a series of stories centered on displaced individuals – perhaps to be completed after another pilgrimage, from London to Rome.
A recent Guggenheim Fellow, Terese Svoboda is the author of six previous collections of poetry, an opera, a biography, six novels, a memoir, and a book of translations from Nuer. Currently teaching at Stony Brook/Southampton, Svoboda has twice been Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii and held the McGee Professorship at Davidson. She has taught at Williams, Sarah Lawrence, Fordham, and many institutions. Her new collection of poems with Eyewear Publishing is Professor Harriman’s Steam Air-Ship.
Eyewear Publishing has been publishing poetry and prose since 2012. Their annual Melita Hume Poetry Prize seeks to discover, support and develop exciting new poets. They are an independent press, passionate about producing beautifully designed, fascinating books that remain affordable to celebrate the best writing in English from the UK and overseas. Kelly Davio is the Senior Poetry Editor of Eyewear Publishing in New York, and Poetry Editor of Tahoma Literary Review, based in Washington State. Her first collection of poetry, Burn This House, was published by Red Hen Press in 2013, and she edited the anthology The Best New British and Irish Poets 2016. She regularly publishes essays in venues like The Toast, Ravishly, The Rumpus, and others. Her column, “The Waiting Room,” is a monthly feature at Change Seven Magazine.